NTSA selects dozens of companies to build cashless fare payment system for PSVs

The National Safety and Transport Authority (NTSA) has selected dozens of local firms to build a cashless fare payment service for use in Kenya’s public transport system.

The new system is part of the bigger plan by the authority to ban the use of cash to pay for fares in Public Service Vehicles.

NTSA has selected a total of 29 companies for the contract, including Kenya’s largest telco Safaricom, NCBA(formerly CBA), KCB Bank Kenya, JamboPay, Cellullant, and Craft Silicon, the company behind Little.

The announcement follows a tender notice issued by NTSA in June 2020 inviting companies for “The Provision of Contact Tracing(Passage Manifest) With Payment Gateway Services.”

According to the previously issued notice, the firms will help provide a platform for deployment of an effective contact tracing (passage manifest) application to support the Government’s effort in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

It will ease the contact tracing process, which has been used to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The system is expected to be installed on all PSVs across the country once it is rolled out. For the end-consumer, it means you’ll be required to pay for bus fare using cashless payment methods like M-Pesa.

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